Ben Mirov’s poem “Hi-Fives”, which appears in Hider Roser from Octopus Books, was made into a short film by Daniel Lichtenberg. Remember though, you have to be a winner to hi-five.

Two Octopus Books titles, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black by Patricia Lockwood and The Trees The Trees by Heather Christle were recommended to read by Cosmopolitan, you know, if you’re a woman of course, and need three pair of glasses in order to read. Thank you, Cosmo! They missed mentioning that these books were published by Octopus Books, and they were linked to Amazon for some reason, so I should tell you: they were published by Octopus Books and you can totally buy them from us or SPD—it’s better for your skin. 

Two Octopus Books titles, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black by Patricia Lockwood and The Trees The Trees by Heather Christle were recommended to read by Cosmopolitan, you know, if you’re a woman of course, and need three pair of glasses in order to read. Thank you, Cosmo! They missed mentioning that these books were published by Octopus Books, and they were linked to Amazon for some reason, so I should tell you: they were published by Octopus Books and you can totally buy them from us or SPD—it’s better for your skin. 

Drew Swenhaugen designed this for you. Come to ADX tomorrow night at 7:30 and get yours. 

Drew Swenhaugen designed this for you. Come to ADX tomorrow night at 7:30 and get yours. 

Tonight on my way home, I waited for the train on Yamhill down by Water Ave. 

Kyle Vegter is my friend, a talented Chicago-based musician and multi-media artist, and one of the brilliant minds behind Manual Cinema, the shadow-puppetry troupe that put on all those performances of Fjords last year. He and I are working together on a little project where I overhear someone talking on a bluetooth device and text him some of the snippets from that conversation, and then he has to immediately write those snippets down on whatever paper is available to him and compose something musically, right then and there, using that exact text. We’ll perform these compositions in Chicago at  Constellation on July 19 along with other musicians, yet to be announced, during my poetry book tour with Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Mathias Svalina this summer.

These are four of the texts so far. Also, I took this photo of him. 

Nothing’s defense. Nothing’s gorgeousness. With yesterday’s birthday cash, and Powell’s 15% off this month, I checked off the top two books from my list. In Defense of Nothing by Peter Gizzi and The Gorgeous Nothings by Emily Dickinson. 

Nothing’s defense. Nothing’s gorgeousness. With yesterday’s birthday cash, and Powell’s 15% off this month, I checked off the top two books from my list. In Defense of Nothing by Peter Gizzi and The Gorgeous Nothings by Emily Dickinson. 

Tuesday, April 15. 7:30 pm. ADX, PDX. 
Brian Blanchfield is on a book tour for his new book, A Several World (Nightboat Books, 2014), and Bad Blood got him for his Portland stop. And local poets KMA Sullivan, author of the forthcoming Necessary Fire (Black Lawrence Press, 2014), and Standard Schaefer, author of Water & Power (Agincourt Press, 2005), will read for you too.
We’ll be at ADX, and we’ll be drinking and brand new brew from Gigantic. 
And that’s Drew Swenhaugen, as always, on the poster design. 

Tuesday, April 15. 7:30 pm. ADX, PDX. 

Brian Blanchfield is on a book tour for his new book, A Several World (Nightboat Books, 2014), and Bad Blood got him for his Portland stop. And local poets KMA Sullivan, author of the forthcoming Necessary Fire (Black Lawrence Press, 2014), and Standard Schaefer, author of Water & Power (Agincourt Press, 2005), will read for you too.

We’ll be at ADX, and we’ll be drinking and brand new brew from Gigantic

And that’s Drew Swenhaugen, as always, on the poster design. 

You want to show it, and we want to see it. Submit. 

You want to show it, and we want to see it. Submit

I want to tell you a few things about Kelly Schirmann. First off, the new music issue of Evening Will Come on The Volta is out, and she is included in it. She sings and plays guitar on “Casting Out the King of Boys,” a poem of mine from Fjords vol. 1

Also, her band, Young Family, just released its second album, King Cobra, which is available as a cassette from Spork Press

And her audio poetry chapbook record label, Black Cake, is going strong, with new releases by Emily Kendal Frey, and new releases forthcoming very soon from Danniel Schoonebeek and Lisa Ciccarello

cactuscooler:

A video for Cactus Cooler’s Paper Bag, by the poet Joshua Marie Wilkinson. Featuring photographs by Sarah Skeen. Now appearing in the Music Issue of Evening Will Come/The Volta. (Free download of Paper Bag here).

To listen to more Cactus Cooler jams, go here

I made a poem-film from an excerpt of a manuscript I’ve been working on called Agnes the Elephant.  I used some home movie footage from the Prelinger Archives of a baby coming home from the hospital, and edited out all the parts where the baby appears.

The excerpt is read by Hamza Akalin. This is the same excerpt that Hamza read from last fall for Poetry Press Week, where he appeared as a ghost in a bloody sheet. 

My friend, Noland Bo Chaliha, who printed and helped design our most recent batch of Octopus Books shirts (coming to the octo-site soon), now has his own t-shirt company called Snoot. I just bought the shirt my 8 year old friend, Hamza, designed. It has an alien with a knife in its head on it

The first thing ever published of mine, that was just mine, with just my name on the cover, before The Man Suit, and before a chapbook called Abraham Lincoln’s Death Scene published by Horse Less Press, was a little tiny side poem put out by Maureen Thorson of Big Game Books. That little thing made me so proud. Its poem, The Truth About Canada, made its way into my first book soon after. Maureen has since started digitizing these tiny side books, of which mine was the 11th, and they’re now available on Big Game Books’ website. 

The first thing ever published of mine, that was just mine, with just my name on the cover, before The Man Suit, and before a chapbook called Abraham Lincoln’s Death Scene published by Horse Less Press, was a little tiny side poem put out by Maureen Thorson of Big Game Books. That little thing made me so proud. Its poem, The Truth About Canada, made its way into my first book soon after. Maureen has since started digitizing these tiny side books, of which mine was the 11th, and they’re now available on Big Game Books’ website. 

This blood is getting pretty bad. Tell your estranged. Bad Blood.

This blood is getting pretty bad. Tell your estranged. Bad Blood.

This Sunday I’m starting a workshop on short poems at Literary Arts with or without you. I’d prefer it’d be with you, but that’s up to you. By short poems, I mean, you read them until your breath shortens, your bread shortens, your life shortens, but only just a little. 
Sign your last days away here. 

This Sunday I’m starting a workshop on short poems at Literary Arts with or without you. I’d prefer it’d be with you, but that’s up to you. By short poems, I mean, you read them until your breath shortens, your bread shortens, your life shortens, but only just a little. 

Sign your last days away here